Maquan Pond and Cranberry Cove

1 Camp Kiwanee Rd, Hanson, MA 02341, USA


Owned By: Town of Hanson

Woodland pond with seasonal swimming beach. Car-top boat access year-round (gas motors prohibited). Seasonal ice skating. Directly adjacent to Camp Kiwanee and the Alton J. Smith Reserve.


Since the 1940s, families have been enjoying Cranberry Cove on Maquan Pond in Hanson. Swimming lessons and kayak rentals are available in season. Rafts and other recreational floats are prohibited.

Prior to European contact, the Mattakeeset band of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe lived for thousands of years in the North River watershed. Their village included most of today’s Pembroke and Hanson. The word “Mattakeeset” means “place of many fish.”

To travel between the North River watershed and the Taunton River watershed, the Mattakeeset followed a trail that extended from today’s Indian Head Pond (accessible from Maquan Pond via the adjacent Alton J. Smith Reserve) to Crooker Place and today’s Indian Crossway Conservation Area, through the great Cedar Swamp (today’s Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area), through today’s Smith-Nawazelski Conservation Area (Elm Street, Hanson) to East Bridgewater and the Taunton River watershed.

Trail Description

There are no trails at Cranberry Cove, but if you’d like to take a walk, visit the Alton J. Smith Reserve, immediately adjacent.

Habitats and Wildlife

The water in Maquan Pond is acidic, so fishing is poor except for pickerel, small yellow perch and pumpkinseeds.

Maquan Pond is a tributary to Furnace Pond and Indian Head Brook. Indian Head Brook is a major tributary to the Indian Head River.

The Indian Head River forms the boundary between Hanover and Hanson, and merges with Pembroke’s Herring Brook, a short distance downstream of Ludden’s Ford Park, to form the North River at a spot called The Crotch. The North River flows 12 miles through Pembroke, Hanover, Norwell, Marshfield and Scituate, eventually making its way to Massachusetts Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

1 Camp Kiwanee Rd, Hanson, MA 02341, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: Yes

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: Lifeguards in season.

Size: 48 acres

Hours: Swim beach 12-7pm in season (June 21 to Labor Day) and weather permitting. Pond access: Dawn to dusk. Business office 9am-2pm Monday - Friday.

Parking: Limited on-site parking on Camp Kiwanee Road.

Cost: Daily passes and seasonal passes are available for Hanson residents and non-residents. See official website for details.

Trail Difficulty: No trails.


Launch for canoes and kayaks. Picnic tables. Seasonal swimming beach and kayak rentals.

Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Indian Head Brook (North River watershed)

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